Comment: EU may miss Kyoto targets despite EEA recommendations

At a roundtable organized by major Italian environmental group Legambiente, Romano Prodi, Italy’s 1996-98 prime minister and current leftist candidate for that same position, described himself as a “Kyoto fighter” or advocate of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.As president of the EU [European Union] Commission in 1999-2004, Prodi had strongly supported the climate treaty-even playing a key role in Russia’s decision to ratify the protocol-so most Italian media emphasized his commitment to emissions reduction. Yet as an economist, Prodi went further and added: “Economic recovery comes first.”Implicit in the latter statement is the recognition that th...

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